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‘Leave [She] Alone’: Trinidad’s Women Find a Rallying Cry for 2017 Carnival

‘Leave [She] Alone’: Trinidad’s Women Find a Rallying Cry for 2017 Carnival

By Martine Powers | The Washington Post

leave-me-alonePORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — Every year, an onslaught of high-octane soca music is released ahead of Trinidad’s pre-Lent Carnival. The songs are new, but the themes are well-worn:

Rum. Partying. And the allure of a woman’s gyrating body, preferably backed into a man’s grasp.

So, it’s a little surprising that one of this year’s most popular Carnival tunes is a jaunty ballad performed by the 76-year-old music legend Calypso Rose and titled matter-of-factly “Leave Me Alone.” The song features a woman trying to party in the streets without interference from men, exhorting them to “leave me, let me free up.” And it’s being hailed as a feminist anthem.    Continue reading

Here’s an actual good poll number for President Donald Trump – Analysis

Here’s an actual good poll number for Donald Trump

Washington Post – February 27, 2017

Coretta Scott King Lives! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Coretta Scott King Lives! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Coretta Scott King 1927-2006

It is Black History Month. The schools have dusted the books from last year; lesson plans on the achievements of a few Blacks will be highlighted.

At the end of the month the books will be packed away until next year. In many school districts Black History is confined to a month. But Black History is American History and it should be an essential part of the daily curriculum. If people are not reminded of their history apathy occurs; they lose their sense of belonging and ‘drift in the desert sand of dead habit.’ Civics is not a strong subject with our children.

While they talk about the latest video games, smart technology and brand-name products the achievements of Black heroes escape them. Black History is rich with examples of perseverance and the struggles for acceptance and recognition in a world in which the deck is stacked against peoples of color.     Continue reading

With the USA Distracted by Trump and the UK by Brexit, they’re about to see a Decline in their Global Power

With the USA Distracted by Trump and the UK by Brexit, they’re about to see a Decline in their Global Power

Opinion - commentary -analysisOne need only look to Yeltsin’s Russia to see how great powers fall. Both Trump and Yeltsin won power as demagogic anti-establishment leaders who won elections by promising reform. The result in Russia was calamitous national decline and the same thing could now happen in the USA

Patrick Cockburn | Independent UK

Boris Yeltsin was making a presidential visit to Washington in 1995 when he was found one night outside the White House dressed only in his underpants. He explained in a slurred voice to USA secret service agents that he was trying to hail a cab so he could go and buy a pizza. The following night he was discovered by a guard, who thought he was an intruder, wandering drunkenly around the basement of his official residence.   Continue reading

Guyana Government News Brief – February 27, 2017

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Guyana Government News Brief – February 27, 2017

Guyana- Shining Bright -30 Poems – By Dmitri Allicock

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Donald Trump will NOT Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner – commentary

Donald Trump will NOT Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Opinion - commentary -analysisMartin Pengelly | The Guardian UK

Donald Trump on Saturday capped a week of tumultuous relations with the press by saying he will not attend this year’s White House correspondents’ dinner, which is scheduled for 29 April 2017.

“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!”

The news came as relations between the Trump administration and the news media, which he has called “the enemy of the American people”, have sunk to new lows. On Friday, leading outlets including the New York Times, CNN and the Guardian were excluded from a briefing by press secretary Sean Spicer while friendlier conservative organisations were admitted.

Editors of excluded organisations expressed anger, although White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) president Jeff Mason, of Reuters, attempted to calm troubled waters.  Continue reading

Traditional Mas Characters in Trinidad Carnival

Traditional Mas Characters in Trinidad Carnival

Traditional Mas Characters – Negue Jadin

Stickfighters in partial Negue Jadin costume

(photo courtesy Bernard De Peaza, Caribbean Beat Magazine

This now extinct character, owes its origins to pre-emancipation days; a time when Carnival was celebrated exclusively by the plantocracy. While the slaves and free coloureds were confined to their own segregated celebrations, the plantocracy, on the other hand, was free to imitate the dress and customs of their slaves. The Negue Jadin (or field slave) was one such beloved Carnival costume.

Upon the abolition of slavery, former slaves were free to celebrate and adopted the Negue Jadin character in their celebrations, albeit ironically.     Continue reading

Donald Trump’s Biggest Lie: His Promise to Unify America – commentary

-Donald Trump’s Biggest Lie: His Promise to Unify America

Democrats can barely keep up with the anger of their own grassroots supporters

Opinion - commentary -analysisDavid Usborne – New York | Independent UK

Has there ever been a growlier president than Donald Trump? He is the new scary clown, lacing slander and bile with quips about the athleticism of his own brain. He laps up the love while brandishing a rhetorical buzz-saw at his enemies. That’s the media, mostly, but also America’s trading partners. Even its purported allies. He is still hitting out at Hillary, for heaven’s sake.    Continue reading

Contrived Chaos and States of Confusion – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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There has been a lot of analysis suggesting that the executive-level politics we’re seeing play out right now are about incompetence or irrationality. The psychology of the President himself has been called into question, with bizarre public performances and blatant falsities being propagated, mirroring that of others in the Administration.

Source: Contrived Chaos and States of Confusion

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